By developing programming that is both within and beyond the walls of the JCCNV, the Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia to seek out deeper participation in Jewish life. Extensive outreach efforts support programs that are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Often, these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
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Service Members & Veterans,
The JCC of Northern Virginia thanks you wholeheartedly for your service and wants you to feel supported and a part of our community. In 2015, we were selected as one of just six JCCs across the country to pilot Project Welcome Home, a JCC Association initiative that addresses the needs of active duty service members, recent veterans, and their families. We are proud to continue this important program and hope that you will reach out to us so we can contact you with special programs and discounts being offered to service members and veterans in our community.
If you’d like to be added to our Project Welcome Home distribution list, or want more information, contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, 703.537.3064.
For more information on any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Laurie Albert, Community Engagement Director, at Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, 703.537.3064.
Discounted Program and Class Rates. The J offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.
Character Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears !
Sunday, November 15, 9:30am–11am
Join your “beary” special friends from Bear Country as you feast on breakfast treats with the Berenstain Bears! Enjoy a morning filled with fun, crafts, and stories — there will also be plenty of opportunities to take photos with the characters to remember this special day at the J (bring your camera)! Be sure to register quickly as this program is usually a sell-out!
New! This year, additional activities will be offered for our older attendees ages 6+. Keep checking here for announcements and registration information.
This event typically sells out — register early!
Fee: $9 per person; $41 maximum per family (up to 5 people)/ $8 per J member; $36 maximum per family (up to 5 people)
Co-sponsored with Gesher Jewish Day School; in partnership with the J's Growing Jewish Families, PJ Library®, and Northern Virginia j.talks .
Sunday, November 22, 11am–3pm
Location: Barnes and Noble, Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Get ready for Chanukah with a day of music, arts and crafts, face painting, story time, and more! Everyone is welcome.
Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic
Sunday, December 13, 4pm–5pm
Location: Mosaic District
2901 District Avenue, Fairfax
It’s Chanukah and we’re bringing the celebration to you! Join us as we celebrate the holiday together by lighting candles, singing songs, enjoying entertainment, eating sufganiyot (donuts), and spinning the dreidel!
Friday, December 25
11am–3pm J Fest; 3pm film screening
Location: The J
Looking for something fun and exciting to do? Join your friends, family, and community for a day of spectacular fun, food, and entertainment! J Fest participants receive free admission to a film screening following J Fest activities (visit jccnv.org for updates).
Arts and crafts
Games and activities
Moon bounce & other inflatables
Community service project
Kosher food available for purchase.
The classic film Yentl, starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin, follows J Fest activities at 3pm.
Fee per family (up to 6 people):
$23/ $18 member
Sunday, February 28, noon–4pm
Location: the J
If you are planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, baby naming, bris, or any other kind of celebration, plan to attend this one-stop shopping expo! From invitations, DJs, party favors, and caterers to photographers, venues, and decorations… we’ll have it all!
Are you a vendor? If you would like to participate in this exciting expo, visit jccnv.org to download the registration form. Register early and SAVE! The deadline for participation is February 1, 2016.
Brought to you in partnership by the JCC of Northern Virginia, Gesher Jewish Day School, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Contact: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations
Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert and/or drinks — at locations near your neighborhood — with women of all ages and stages! Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other women? Come out for this monthly gathering — bring a friend, and meet new ones too!
Committee Chair: Gail Gurin
The J's Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org, 703.537.3060.